GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro police say a man is dead after getting hit in the driveway of a home. Investigators say the driver hit the victim on purpose.
Shenika Shamberger, 36, of Greensboro, was charged with first-degree murder for the death of 40-year-old Marcus James McQueen.
On March 12, officers with the Greensboro Police Department were called to the 300 block of O’Conner Street in reference to a wreck.
After an investigation, police found that McQueen had been struck by a vehicle driven by Shamberger.
Witnesses say several people were at a house attending a cookout when this incident took place.
According to a statement from police, “The victim was sitting on a bucket by the garage door when the driver fatally struck him with the truck. During the initial stages of the investigation, we had conflicting and unclear evidence to determine if the manner of death was accidental or homicide. However, as the investigation progressed, there was sufficient evidence to charge the driver with first-degree murder. In this instance, the truck was deemed a deadly weapon.”
Witnesses and police say the suspect and victim were arguing leading up to the incident.
Investigators also say when the suspect hit the victim, there was another passenger in the truck. However, police aren't releasing any information about that passenger.
McQueen was pronounced dead on the scene shortly after first responders arrived. He is married with five kids, ranging in ages from 9 to 16. He was preparing to move back to be with them in Virginia. Family members say he was in Greensboro caring for his sick mother. He'd been here for about two years while her health improved.
Family members say the suspect and victim had a brief relationship during his temporary stay here in Greensboro.
Shamberger said during her first court appearance on Wednesday that this incident was an accident, even after the judge instructed her to not comment on the allegations she's facing. Her bond was set at $2 million.